Well I have purchased both an original Ford headlight ($144) and TYC ($26) headlight in the Aero style with the 2002+ lens design that has a smooth lens vs the earlier model years fluted lens.
I was fully expecting to see a bit lesser quality in the TYC which would be completely understandable given the price difference of $118.
I am surprised to say that even with my trusty magnifying glass I cannot find anything superior in the quality or build of the Motorcraft. In fact, the TYC actually weighs slightly more. The molds are nearly identical. Inside the lens, the designs are identical. The seams where the clear lens meets the grey housing appears equally sealed for water tightness.
The only visual difference are the adjuster screws on the Ford are metal while the TYC are plastic.
The only test remaining is to see how the plastic lens on the aftermarket TYC holds up to UV light over a few years
Bottom line, RT just saved me about $236 by suggesting the TYC brand from Rock Auto.
Yes, still happy.(Rock Auto's TYC headlights are..) Equal to factory originals in all regards...i.e adjustments and light disbursement.
I replaced my first trucks headlights using genuine Ford from White Bear Lake. I replaced my current trucks housings with aftermarket (TYC ?) and I think the light pattern is slightly worse. The moldings might be slightly different than genuine Ford.
Having used both genuine Motorcraft and aftermarket TYC headlights in the same application in recent years, I don’t think they are entirely identical. Whether that difference warrants a 300% markup on the Ford oval is another story.
For myself, I will buy Motorcraft housings if I can find them for $110/each but not $150.
If I were flipping trucks then I would go for TYC because crisp (not UV degraded) headlights definitely increase the value of the truck and the TYC is still a great product.
ArcticDriver.... It appears that your opinion regarding the "identicalness" of TYC headlight housings has changed over time. At first blush, during the honeymoon of money savings, and under the scrutiny of your magnifying glass, the TYC's were, in your words, identical inside the lens, identical in design,
and equal to factory originals in all regards...ie adjustments and light disbursement.
Fast forward to today, and with time and experience, you now don't think they are entirely identical
, and for myself, I will buy Motorcraft housings
Thank you for this long term feedback. I would have considered TYC headlight housings based on your earlier comments, but would not consider them based on your latter comments.
If you have any further thoughts that explain how and why you changed your mind, I'm sure that would be useful to others reading like myself.
The power of specific subject matter search compresses time, so one really must pay attention to posting dates to resolve the evolutionary nature of opinion change when it comes to assessing product reviews. This is a relatively rare instance where we can witness that evolutionary change with the same subscriber.